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Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Daytime Prayer
God, come to my assistance. - Lord, make haste to help me. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. HYMN Midmorning Breathe on me, breath of God, Fill me with life anew, That I may love the things you love, And do what you would do. Breathe on me, breath of God, Until my heart is pure, Until with you I have one will, To live and to endure. Breathe on me, breath of God, My soul with grace refine, Until this earthly part of me Glows with your fire divine. Breathe on me, breath of God, So I shall never die, But live with you the perfect life In your eternity.
Melody: Yattendon 46 Music: H.E. Wooldridge, 1845-1917 Text: Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889, adapted by Anthony G. Petti

Midday Help us, O Lord, to learn The truths thy Word imparts: To study that thy laws may be Inscribed upon our hearts.

Help us, O Lord, to live The faith which we proclaim, That all our thoughts and words and deeds May glorify your name. Help us, O Lord, to teach The beauty of your ways, That yearning souls may find the Christ, And sing aloud his praise. Midafternoon Firmly I believe and truly God is three and God is one; And I next acknowledge duly Manhood taken by the Son. And I trust and hope most fully In that manhood crucified; And I love supremely, solely Christ who for my sins has died. And I hold in veneration, For the love of him alone, Holy Church as his creation, And her teachings as his own. Praise and thanks be ever given With and through the angel host, To the God of earth and heaven, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. PSALMODY Midmorning Ant. All of them, united in heart, continued in prayer, with Mary the mother of Jesus. Midday Ant. The mother of Jesus said: Do whatever he asks of you. Midafternoon Ant. The Lord said to his mother: Woman, this is your son, and to the disciple: This is your mother.

Psalm 119:33-40 Teach me the demands of your precepts And I will keep them to the end. Train me to observe your law, to keep it with my heart. Guide me in the path of your commands; for there is my delight. Bend my heart to your will and not to love of gain. Keep my eyes from what is false: by your word, give me life. Keep the promise you have made to the servant who fears you. Keep me from the scorn I dread, for your decrees are good. See, I long for your precepts: then in your justice, give me life. Ant.2 Those who seek the Lord will be filled with every blessing. Psalm 34 I. I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. The humble shall hear and be glad. Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name. I sought the Lord and he answered me; from all my terrors he set me free. Look towards him and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed. This poor man called; the Lord heard him and rescued him from all his distress.

The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. He is happy who seeks refuge in him. Revere the Lord, you his saints. They lack nothing, those who revere him. Strong lions suffer want and go hungry but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing. Ant. 3 Seek and strive after peace. Psalm 34 II. Come, children, and hear me that I may teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is he who longs for life and many days, to enjoy his prosperity? Then keep your tongue from evil and your lips from seeking deceit. Turn aside from evil and do good; seek and strive after peace. The Lord turns his face against the wicked to destroy their remembrance from the earth. The Lord turns his eyes to the just and his ears to their appeal. They call and the Lord hears and rescues them in all their distress. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save. Many are the trials of the just man but from them all the Lord will rescue him. He will keep guard over all his bones, not one of his bones shall be broken. Evil brings death to the wicked; those who hate the good are doomed. The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants. Those who hide in him shall not be condemned.

Midmorning

First Reading Zephaniah 3:14-15 Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! sing joyfully, 0 Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst. Second Reading From a homily by St. Ambrose, bishop. Let Mary's soul be in each of you Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit after conceiving a son; Mary was filled before. You are blessed, said Elizabeth, because you have believed. You too are blessed because you have heard and believed. The soul of every believer conceives and brings forth the Word of God and recognizes his works. Let Marys soul be in each of you to glorify the Lord. Let her spirit be in each of you to rejoice in the Lord. Christ has only one Mother in the flesh, but we all bring forth Christ by faith. Every soul free from contamination of sin and inviolate in its purity can receive the Word of God. Blessed are those who hear the word of God. - And cherish it in their hearts.

Midday

First Reading Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem. See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he. Second Reading From a homily by Saint Chrysologus, bishop Let no one judge in a human way what is done is a divine mystery

A virgin conceived and a virgin brought forth her child. Do not be disturbed at this conception or confused when you hear of this birth. Let no one judge in a human way what is done in a divine mystery. Let no one try to penetrate this heavenly mystery by earthly reasoning. Let no one treat this novel secret from knowledge of everyday occurrences. Let no one manipulate the work of love into an insult, or run the risk of losing faith. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary. - Who bore the Son of the Eternal Father.

Midafternoon
First Reading Judith 13:31

Blessed are you in every tent of Judah; and in every foreign nation, all who hear of you will be struck with terror. Second Reading From a homily by an unknown Greek author Mary is celebrated in the sacred words of Scripture Mary stood at your right hand, robed in a gown of gold, with adornment intricately wrought. Just as, being a woman, she was named queen and lady and Mother of God, so also now, standing as queen at the right hand of her most regal Son, she is celebrated in the sacred words of Scripture as clothed in the golden gown of incorruptibility. And so as we gaze upon him who is our king and lord and God, and upon her who is queen and lady and the Mother of God, contemplating them with the clear-sighted eye of our minds, let us repeat again and again unceasingly: The queen stands at your right hand, robed in a gown of gold with adornment intricately wrought. Blessed are you among women. - And blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Concluding Prayer
Lord, make the peace we pray for a reality: may we live our days in quiet joy and, with the help of the Virgin Marys prayers, safely reach your kingdom. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
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